Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Jill Stow (Peninsula & Berwick), Associate Professor Jenny Newton (Clayton)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces the student to the concept of evidence based practice and its application to health care. The evidence based practice model will be presented as the framework to encourage students to reflect on the current evidence base of contemporary clinical practices. The unit will introduce the student to the principles underpinning qualitative and quantitative research approaches, the research process and methodology and the ethical issues of undertaking research. Students will explore the different levels of evidence through reviewing research reports on topical issues of practice within healthcare delivery.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the concept of evidence based practice and its application to clinical practice;
  2. discuss the different forms of knowledge acquisition in nursing and midwifery;
  3. describe the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative and quantitative research;
  4. demonstrate a knowledge of the key aspects within the research process;
  5. discuss the ethical principles underpinning research process; and
  6. assess the quality of evidence derived from nursing and midwifery research literature.


Assignment (2500 words) (45%)
Online Quiz (30 minutes)(10%)
Examination (EMQ/SAQ)(2 hours)(45%)

Workload requirements

This unit will consist of:
Two (2) hours lectures per week, supplemented by a minimum of four (4) online podcasts for the remaining weeks of the semester, Two (2) hours tutorials per week.
NB: Tutorials are compulsory for students not attending clinical placement; students required to attend clinical placement must attend a minimum seven (7) tutorials per semester.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Must be enrolled in courses 0727 or 4514.